TSH, an Innovative Pedagogy and a Pluridisciplinary Research

Social sciences and humanities at UTC

Ethics, social responsibility, citizenship at work and in society are all closely intermeshed. The pedagogical programme combines cognition sciences, ICTs, economic and management, philosophy ... with methodologies to cope with the challenges of innovation, active interfaces and cultural differences.

UTC-TSH Dept. proposes over 100 CCs, 30% of which are attended by all UTC students. The Dept. caters for the needs of 2 500 students every semester, with over 500n in the MPI elective (management of innovative projects) since year 2000. More than 30 research scientists work full-time with the UTC-Costech laboratory.

The Dept. offers 1 Master's degree in Innovation and Complexity (IC) with 2 specialties: UXD (Experience Design) and SIC (Innovation Strategies in complex situations); 8 minor electives; 1 transverse specialty in management of innovative projects (open to students in all UTC majors).

An innovative pedagogy

TSH proposes an innovative pedagogy, revolving round three typical situations that engineers will meet professionally.

Contributions from social sciences can be integrated to teaching modules to help define where users stand in technical design work, in the changes induced by the arrival of so many digital devices coming into numerous sectors (e.g., in culture-intensive industries), growing apprehensions as to man-machine relations in the design of new technologies ...

Communication situations are increasingly dependent on ever-evolving (mainly digital) tools, imply several languages at a time in varying cultural settings. Students must be able to critically analyse both the societal and the technical constraints of communicating. ICTs offer some of the needed knowledge and skills

Engineers very often are seen working in team formations. Their work perimeter extends beyond the work site proper, often in other countries, with outside collaborators. The engineers thus have to play the role of organizer, team manager and priority contact for the clients/suppliers.

All three situations can be explored further, either in the course MPI (Management of Innovative Projects), or by taking one or several of TSH's 8 'minor' courses. By doing so, a student can add a second specialty to his/her elective major choice.

A pluridisciplinary Research

Research in and for the TSH Dept. relies on two structures: Costech (a pluridisciplinary research laboratory) and the Innovation Unit (ICS) which together allow all UTC students, lecturers and research scientists top make best usage of relevant digital tools.

The University Pedagogical Aid Unit (UTC-CAP) is an integral part of the Innovation CC, proposing supports, methods and tailor-made accompaniment to the lecturers, thereby advising and encouraging them to constantly update UTC's teaching approaches with a more intensive use of digital tools and AV-equipment where relevant.

Languages at UTC

Languages at UTC not only aims at ensuring that the graduates leave with proficient levels in the foreign languages studied, but also to make them more aware of issues related to communication and cultural features prevalent elsewhere. It is strongly advised that all students should aim at least at a C1 level, i.e., "effective operational proficiency or advanced" skills in English and a B1 in a second language; cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages.

If UTVC students plan to spend some time (placement ...) abroad, they should aim at acquiring a reasonable level of the host country's language to help follow courses in that language. Languages offered at UTC are English, and also, for beginners or intermediate levels, in Chinese German, Italian, Japanese Portuguese and Spanish.

To gain the UTC engineering diploma, all undergraduates must demonstrate they have acquired a B2* level in English, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages of the European Council, this requisite being stipulated in the French national engineering degree commission (CTI).

Validation requires a minimum score of 785 points at the TOEIC: "Listening and Reading Test" or at any other test deemed equivalent for a B2 proficiency level; cf. TOEIC® test- about the Test of English for International Communication. The TOEIC Reading and Listening, based on real-life work settings in an international environment (meetings ...), gives a score between 10 and 990:

  • 905 - 990 International Proficiency
  • 785 - 900 Working Proficiency Plus
  • 605 - 780 Limited Working Proficiency
  • 405 - 600 Elementary Proficiency Plus
  • 255 - 400 Elementary Proficiency
  • 185 - 250 Memorised Proficiency
  • 10 - 180 No Useful Proficiency

UTC offers preparation for the TOEIC in its CC T001 and organises several sessions each semester; UTV also pays for one exam sitting for each undergraduate.

  • The TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language; cf. Test of English as a Foreign Language - ...one of the most widely respected English-language tests in the world is used as a reference English language achievement by most colleges and universities in the USA and Canada, for candidates whose mother tongue is not English, for their admission procedures.
  • French as a foreign language (FLE) addresses non-French students coming to France and UTC-Compiegne in this context. The course consists of "intensive" classes in the summer or inter-semester breaks, followed by add-on modules in the form of various CCs at various levels of proficiency.


Directeur du département TSH
Michael Vicente
Phone : 03 44 23 43 65 | Contact by email

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